All of the Past CMT Music Awards Hosts, Ranked [Pictures]
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The CMT Music Awards have been going strong in country music since 2002. Over the years, this awards show has featured some very big performers, presenters, hosts and attendees. People both within and outside of the country music genre have jumped at the chance to host this once-a-year event.
The 2023 CMT Awards will air Sunday, April 2, 2023 (8PM -11PM ET) live from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center for the first time ever, with co-hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown with his wife, Katelyn. This isn't the first time there have a been a trio of hosts. Back in 2020, Sarah Hyland, Ashley McBryde and Brown all co-hosted the event, and in 2018 and 2019, Little Big Town, a foursome, hosted as well.
There is a lot that goes with hosting a big awards show like the CMT Awards. There is pre-promotion of the show, then the live execution, which can make anyone nervous. Some hosts of the CMT Awards also are performers at the event, so you have to add nerves about having to host and perform into the mix of all the other nervousness you might be experiencing before the big night.
Some of the most memorable moments come from some likely unscripted moments. Like back in 2010, when Kid Rock was hosting and was obviously impaired, but managed to hold everything together in a highly entertaining way. Or if you take a look back to 2016, when self-admitted country music super-fans Erin Andrews and JJ Watt hosted, seeing the show from their perspective as hosts that are also fans, really made it a memorable experience.
Based off the past hosting roster of the CMT Awards, you can clearly see a trend. The host or hosts that knock it out of the park are usually asked to return for a second and third time. Kane Brown, for example, will be returning as a host/co-host for the third time in 2023. Kristen Bell has also hosted multiple times. Hosts Toby Keith, Kid Rock and Little Big Town have also joined the ranks for hosting more than once.
Below is a list of all CMT Awards hosts, ranked from most memorable to least memorable. Do you agree with the order? What changes would you make?